The American Iranian Council joins all peace-loving and anti-violence people of the United States and the world in condemning, in strongest possible terms, the horrifying and cowardly terrorist attack on the LGBT night club in Orlando, Florida. The AIC also sends its deepest condolences and sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured.
We also express our deepest regret that the Orlando murderer was a radical and hateful Muslim and that his religious affiliation is used by certain politicians and members of the media to tarnish Islam, the religion of well over 1.4 billion people around the world, by prefixing it with the word “radical.” The truth is, Islam is neither radical nor moderate; it is just a religion, with one Prophet and one Holy book!
However, as Professor Amirahmadi, our President, explains in this article, Muslims may be identified as radical, moderate or with another adjectives. Thus, let us call the murderous Omar Mateen a radical Muslim but refrain from labeling his religion as radical Islam. We call on the people of all faiths to unite against hate, bigotry, racism, and violence in any form or shape.
The American Iranian Council